The Somerset Circle – a future asset to our region
The Strawberry Line could play a vital role in forming a grand circular route largely using various segments of disused railway lines across Somerset. The aptly named Somerset Circle would be an 85-mile traffic-free circuit linking Bristol, Bath, the Mendip Hills, the Somerset Levels and the coast. Over half (about 50 miles) of this potential route has already been completed, including:
- the River Avon Trail (which is cyclable from Pill to Bristol)
- the Bristol & Bath Railway Path
- the Two Tunnels Greenway
- the Colliers Way
- the Norton Radstock Greenway and Five Arches Way which together link Radstock and Midsomer Norton
- sections of the Strawberry Line
- a mostly traffic-free path between Portishead and Pill
- the recently opened Festival Way linking Nailsea to Bristol via Long Ashton, potentially giving the option of a more direct route between Bristol and Clevedon for a slightly shorter Somerset Circle
The leisure and tourism potential of this route is incredible. From a week-long leisurely walk or cycle for the whole family through some of Somerset's most beautiful countryside and historic towns to an intense ultra-marathon, the Somerset Circle is brimming with possibilities.
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